June 6, 2016


Flower Mound 3rd Ward


Elder Jacob Parsons

I Set Fire To The Rain.

Okay, not really, but I just didn't know what to put as my subject line...

Yet again we had a great week!  We found a few people however, we also

haven't been able to get in contact with a few people that we have

been teaching. Our one investigator with a baptismal date needed to

drop it. His family is battling a few bouts of sickness and some other

legitimate medical issues which puts a little bit of a damper on it

but we set the goal that we felt was inspired to baptize someone this

month. We have a couple other people that could make it, we just need

to meet with them. That seems to be the most difficult thing in this

area is getting appointments that actually happen.

On Tuesday I had a pretty awesome time riding in the rain. Btw, disc

brakes do not work very well in the rain. Don't worry, I am fine haha.

I also was able to experience quite a few really cool things this

week. We had a lesson this past week with a part-member family who has

had missionaries in their home for 25 years. the father is not a

member. We have been eating with them regularly and teaching the fam

in hopes that something will spark in the father or the fam will start

living the gospel even more fully so as to set an example. The wife

speaks Spanish and the Spanish elders ended up visiting the family in

the middle of our lesson which was fine because they were able to give

us a ride. They went straight into resolving his concern. It was the

church itself; the fact that we believed in going to the church. He

believed that our relationship with God is personal and we don't need

to go to a brick building to have our relationship exist. We all

started to teach. It must have been rather intimidating having four

elders teaching you. It was also the most people I have ever taught

with on the mission. It was really weird. It went well though! The

spirit was there a Daniel I think we have a new direction when we go

over there now. I was reminded of actually resolving concerns not just

finding them.

Lately we have just been finding like crazy! On saturday we taught 4

people and got two fairly solid potential investigators. We have been

seeing a lot more success and it is awesome!

Sunday was again my favorite day this past week although I had some

really good days. I had an impression to turn to D&C 123 souring

sacrament meeting and so I did. I have been feeling really off, like

something major was wrong. I couldn't put my finger on it. In verse 14

it says "these things should be attended to in great earnestness" then

in 16 it says "a very large ship is benefitted very much by a very

small helm." I thought to myself, maybe the thing that I am lacking is

smaller than I think. Then I remembered D&C 88:67, "And if your eye be

single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light, and

the shall be no darkness in you; and that body which is filled with

light comprehendeth all things. Therefore, sanctify yourselves that

your minds become single to God." I realized that I need to work on

the small things again. A large ship is benefitted by a small helm;

decisions determine destiny; do not stray off course, not even one

degree. The "small" things are how God extend to us his grace and his

power. We invite the Holy Ghost into our lives which brings with it

the power of God to withstand temptations. I had a really cool

experience and I am getting more of them! It love it!

Well, that is all for this week! Thank you for all that you do! I love

you so much!

Love, your missionary son and brother, Elder Jefferies


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